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A chorus of activists are calling for changes to intellectual property laws in hopes of beginning to boost Covid-19 vaccine manufacturing globally, and addressing the gaping disparity between rich and poor nations’ access to coronavirus vaccines.

The US and a handful of other wealthy vaccine-producing nations are on track to deliver vaccines to all adults who want them in the coming months, while dozens of the world’s poorest countries have not inoculated a single person.

Related: How wealthy nations are creating a ‘vaccine apartheid’

At least nine people have tested positive for Covid-19 in a Chinese city on the border with Myanmar, health officials have said. The first case was identified on Monday, and subsequent testing of close contacts and others turned up the other ones.

Five are Chinese citizens are four are Myanmar nationals, the Yunnan Province Health Commission said in a report posted online. They ranged in age from 22 to 42 years old.

Related: UK and US criticise WHO’s Covid report and accuse China of withholding data

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